Allegro Distribution – Featured New Releases

Bubbly jazz, retro lounge, and Technicolor fantasies of ’50s-era holiday music come together in the festive potpourri of Pink Martini. The band, who has developed a following with their nouveau martini-bar multicultural fusion music, brings many of these same sensibilities to their first holiday outing, proving unique renditions of classic holiday songs, Jewish Hanukkah pieces, the opera music of Verdi, and even a taste of Christmas in Hawaii.

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The stunning new album from the 2010 Blues Award nominee & NPR Best of the Year winner! “She plays with more attitude and flare than most. Massive potential here. Inspiring.” GUITARIST magazine

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A very special live recording from NEA Jazz Master Randy Weston, whose music encompasses the vast rhythmic heritage of Africa with global creations that musically inform and inspire. The Storyteller stands out in Weston’s wide discography as the premier recording of new arrangements of Weston classics; as Weston’s first performance with jazz lion Lewis Nash on drums, and, sadly, as the last recording of Weston’s long time collaborator, trombone legend Benny Powell (1930–2010.)

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A wise old man with the spirit of a teenager! These sublime live recordings provide a rich document of Toots Thielemans and his quartet in 2006. Toots Thielemans is the most famous harmonica player in the world, and one of those rare musicians able to touch a wide range of listeners.

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Founded in 1962 in Brooklyn, The Persuasions have been New York’s leading a cappella vocal group for many decades. After their special guest role on the ZOHO’s recent Tribute To JJ Cale Vol. 1, Knockin’ On Bob’s Door features the band’s unique, gospel-driven take on 14 classic 1960s songs by Bob Dylan.

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New CD from multi-Grammy nominee Peter Kater features “Fields of Gold,” “Breath of Life,” and “Song of My Heart.” Kater invites three of the most gifted musicians of our time to create a beautifully melodic, richly colorful, and textural record that transcends many genres at once. Featuring Paul McCandless, Jaques Morelenbaum, and Sting’s guitarist Dominic Miller.

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This burning CD+DVD release was recorded in front of 5,000 enthusiastic fans at the finest French festival, Marciac, in southwest France. Fonseca’s music has never been captured before in such overwhelming vitality.

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David Arkenstone has referred to Sketches as “the soundtrack to his own American journey.” With evocative instrumental portraits infused with passion and tranquility, the tracks craft a variety of moods, from the cinematic to the intimate.